Morgan trailer

Anya Taylor-Joy came seemingly out of nowhere to wow audiences in The Witch earlier this year. It was the kind of star-making performance that had us dying to see where she’d end up next, and luckily we haven’t had to wait too long for an answer. Taylor-Joy will be seen this fall in Morgan, a sci-fi thriller that marks the directorial debut of Luke Scott (son of Ridley Scott, who gets a producer credit).

As in The Witch, she plays a young woman that arouses fear and suspicion in others. Unlike in The Witch, her character in Morgan seems to know exactly what she’s doing. Taylor-Joy is Morgan, an artificial being created in a lab. Kate Mara stars as a corporate consultant sent to investigate a terrifying incident involving Morgan. The impressive cast also includes Toby JonesRose LeslieBoyd HolbrookMichelle YeohJennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti. Watch the first Morgan trailer below.  Read More »

Amityville: The Awakening trailer

It was about a year and a half ago that we saw the first trailer for Amityville: The Awakening, which would bring the long-running horror franchise back to the big screen after a decade away. But its marketing push ended almost as quickly as it began, when Dimension Films suddenly yanked it off its 2015 release calendar. Eventually, though, the distributor got around to rescheduling it to 2016, so now it’s starting its promotional campaign anew.

Oscar nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh plays single mom Joan, who’s feeling really good about the new home she’s just moved into with her three kids. It’s nice and big, and situated in an idyllic suburb near a top-notch medical facility that can treat her comatose son James (Cameron Monaghan). Unfortunately, it also happens to bear the address 112 Ocean Avenue, which horror fans will recognize as the setting of The Amityville HorrorBella Thorne stars as Joan’s daughter Belle, who was cranky about the move even before the family realized they’d set up shop inside a horrifying murder house. Watch the Amityville: The Awakening trailer after the jump.  Read More »

jennifer jason leigh annihilation

Jennifer Jason Leigh has been having one hell of a year. Her voice work in Anomalisa is remarkable and her deranged performance in The Hateful Eight netted her an Oscar nomination. She’s rumored to be heading to the mysterious third season of Twin Peaks. The past twelve months have been a reminder that Leigh is one of the best performers we have and that it’s a shame that it took this long for her to have a full and proper comeback.

The latest addition to her victory lap is a role in Alex Garland‘s science fiction film Annihilation, which needs to be on your radar because it finds an exciting filmmaker adapting a tremendous novel and Leigh is only the latest terrific addition to the promising all-female cast.

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The Hateful Eight Expanding

The Hateful Eight expanding its release sooner than expected is hardly bad news. Quentin Tarantino‘s western has already grossed almost $5.66M at the box office in the past week, playing on just 100 screens. Who would’ve thought people would’ve been this excited about the ninth film from Tarantino? Following The Hateful Eight‘s success, The Weinstein Company is now making the film available to a mass audience.

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Anomalisa character featurettes

Leave it to Charlie Kaufman to take what sounds like an ill-advised gag and turn it into one of the year’s most affectingly, heartbreakingly human films. Anomalisa is a romantic drama shot in stop-motion with a cast of puppets. But this isn’t Team America: World Police — Kaufman and his co-director Duke Johnson play it completely straight, giving their universe a relatively realistic look.

Anchoring this unusual presentation are two extraordinarily ordinary leads, Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) and Lisa Hesselman (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh). A pair of Anomalisa character featurettes get up close and personal with the duo, and you can watch them after the jump.  Read More »

anomalisa poster

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Anomalisa is my favorite film of 2015 and one of the most unique and shattering experiences of my moviegoing life. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson‘s stop-motion animated drama is a once-in-a-lifetime work of art. Cynical and beautiful and heartbreaking and hilarious, it is an enthralling, painfully human tour of the emotional spectrum. It’s the kind of movie that sinks its claws into you and leaves a mark. I was lucky enough to see Anomalisa at Fantastic Fest earlier this year and I found myself spending the rest of the festival thinking about, grappling with it, and trying to come to terms with what it had to say about its characters and their relationships. Few films pulverize your soul with such direct, expertly crafted force.

In other words, I couldn’t be happier to help premiere a new poster for the film, which casts a spotlight on David Thewlis‘ character Michael Stone. Check out the new Anomalisa poster after the jump.

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The Hateful Eight Clips

Even though plenty of people are anxious to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 12 days, let’s not forget that one week later we’ll get to see another of the highly anticipated films of 2015. Quentin Tarantino has his eighth film getting a unique release beginning on December 25th with The Hateful Eight getting a 70mm roadshow release (with specific location details yet to be officially revealed) that includes extra footage and an intermission.

But if you’re a little impatient, you can watch eight minutes of The Hateful Eight clips right now to hold you over until Chtistmas gets here. It certainly won’t look as good as it will on a 70mm projection, but it’s the best we can do. Read More »


The wait is almost over for Charlie Kaufman‘s sophomore directorial effort. Co-directed by Duke Johnson and written by Kaufman, Anomalisa is a gorgeous and moving love story about a man who can’t accept love. Oh, and it happens to be a stop-motion picture. After the jump, watch an Anomalisa featurette that shows how the filmmakers made it happen.

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anomalisa trailer

There are still two months remaining in 2015, but I find it hard to believe that I will see a better movie than Anomalisa before the year is out. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson‘s stop-motion animated drama is an unflinchingly real and achingly human masterpiece. It’s a beautiful recreation of what is feels like to fall in love and a bitter, black-hearted portrait of despair and mundane desperation. It’s about as perfect as movies can get. And it’s done entirely with puppets.

Watch the Anomalisa trailer after the jump.

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